Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is a noninvasive method of obtaining blood pressure readings over twenty-four hours, whilst the patient is in their own environment as you move around and go about your daily life. As a result, it represents a true reflection of your blood pressure.
The ambulatory blood pressure monitor is usually worn over a 24 hour period. It uses a small digital blood pressure machine that is attached to a belt around your body and which is connected to a cuff around your upper arm. It small enough that you can go about your normal daily life and even sleep with it on. The monitor takes blood pressures periodically throughout the day and night for the 24 hour period.
Many studies have now confirmed that blood pressure measured over a 24-hour period is superior to clinic blood pressure in predicting future cardiovascular events and damage to the organs which can be affected by high blood pressure.